I rarely go to Rehab Complex these days and if I go, it is for Sharingan Store or Abdulmutalib to fix a device. It is the best store in Kuwait when it comes to buying rare figurines and collectables. Sharingan Store is founded by Jaber Bamsallam, a very respectful and honest businessman in Kuwait. He is one of the people who really stick to his words and do whatever it takes to deliver what he promises. I find a lot of amazing and rare figurines at Sharingan such as Prime 1, First4Figures, Tsume Art, and much more. If you think about selling a used or a brand new figurine, then Sharingan is the place to go. The commission per transaction is very reasonable, and things sells out really fast there. I had few figurines that broke when I was coming back from the US. I gave them to Jaber and he fixed them and sold them really fast. Just never throw any collectable, because you can sell them at really good prices. What I learned is that there is a buyer for everything including broken and damaged items. There are two ways of buying figurines, one is buying whatever is in stock and the other is pre-ordering. I hate preordering because sometimes I wait for few years until they deliver. Most fo the time there are production issues that slows the delivery time, so I stopped ordering unless it is something I really want. Now I buy whatever is in stock, because I get it few days after.
I have been collecting figurines for a very long time. I don’t collect as much as I used to due to the increase of responsibility after marriage. I still buy a figurine if I really want it. In the past I used to buy figurines of the games that I play at that time, but now I only buy the ones I really love. Collecting figurines is an expensive hobby, but for me it is totally worth it. Once the item is discontinued, the prices increase like crazy on eBay. I see it as a hobby plus an asset that will always be valuable. Some figurine prices increased more than 6-7 times within 3-4 years. Until now there is no way of knowing which figurine will be very popular and will increase in value. For example with Legend of Zelda, some figurines were very popular and some weren’t. One of the brands I collect is Tsume Art, and I was really happy yesterday when I saw Ufff selling them. The one that sold out immediately was All Might United States of Smash and I was surprised to see it available for sale, because Tsume Art website sold out a long time ago, and it is a minimum of 600 KD for product and shipping if bought from eBay. Kuwait prices for rare figurines is one of the best, because people don’t look at the current value of the figurine on eBay. Basically we have our own pricing here in Kuwait.
Ufff surprised everyone when they opened their first store in Al Kout Mall. It is the perfect mall to open such a store, because it makes it more exciting. I can’t believe how Ufff expanded from a website to a store in one of Kuwait most popular malls in a very short time. What I like about Ufff is that they keep getting the most interesting brands to sell and distribute. I got a message from my nephew asking me about Ufff store, and I didn’t know how he knew about it. He told me that his cousins went to Al Kout Mall and they all took pictures of the store and shared it on social media. They had a big frame of a Funko where people take a picture of and share it online. It was a very creative idea to keep people engaged with the brand.
My favorite products in Ufff is their mugs, and if you see them in stock. Make sure you purchase them fast before they sell out. This is one of my favorite mugs, and I can’t wait for more Legend of Zelda mugs by Paladone.
Funko distributor has been extremely active in Kuwait. They started with the big players such as Xcite and Fantasy World. Then I started seeing them in Rehab Complex and Trolley. Now they are available on Carriage and it takes about 42 minutes to be delivered to your home. The store that has the best collection is Sharingan at Rehab Complex. They offer most of the Funkos available, which makes buying a collection much easier. Funko and the Kuwaiti distributor will continue to do a great job, because I can see the progress with my own eyes.